Dealing with burnout in post-COVID healthcare audiences is going to take more than just happy talk.

It’s going to take real horse sense.

Since 2008, I’ve studied under one of the world-renowned natural horsemanship trainers.

In my talk, I weave together “Horse Wisdoms” with my nursing and leadership experience. This novel approach connects deeply with healthcare audiences.

It gives them powerful new perspectives and tools for recovering from the events of these fraught times.

The talk

Reigniting the Spark:

How Horse Wisdom Can Untap the Power of You

As a nurse, or any other professional on a healthcare team, it’s easy to feel like a prey animal in a post-COVID world.

Vulnerable, powerless, unprotected.

My new signature talk offers a refreshing and relevant mindset shift to tap into the power of a prey species that’s 56 million years old. Horses.

Whether or not you’ve ever ridden a horse, fallen in love with one, or just admired them from afar, horses have critical lessons to teach us at work and in life.

Who is this talk for?

It’s designed for healthcare audiences experiencing frustration, disconnection, burnout, and the need to get their spark back in today’s post-COVID work environment.

Connie Merritt, RN, BSN, PHN

Bringing horse sense
to healthcare

Connie Merritt,


Bringing horse sense
to healthcare

For Agents + Bureaus: Here’s a downloadable version of the video and a version of the “Why Connie + What’s New” pdf for your marketing purposes—with a CTA to contact you.

What questions come to mind for you?

I often book out months in advance, so if you think we may be a good fit, let’s chat soon.


Connie Merritt, RN, BSN, PHN uses the following justifications to complete CEU requirements:

  • The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality reported healthcare providers experiencing stress and burnout may not be able to perform efficiently and effectively because their physical and cognitive resources may be reduced; this suboptimal performance may affect patient care and safety.
  • A key recommendation from the National Academy of Medicine (formerly the Institute of Medicine (IOM), Initiative on the Future of Nursing) is to ensure that healthcare providers engage in learning the communication skills needed to provide care for diverse populations, which directly impacts clinical outcomes.